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Every artist will face criticism at some point in their artistic journey. However, there is a difference between 'constructive' criticism and cruelty. One thing I've learned in this business is to 'know' who I am. It's vital! If you don't know your worth then you will devalue yourself and it will show in your craft. I recall my very first time presenting my paintings to an art gallery. The gallery owner looked at my paintings and gave me his critique. Now, I was looking forward to some honest feedback from a seasoned artist and gallery owner. What I wasn't expecting was for him to verbally rip each painting to pieces; "Your lines are stiff. They look too one dimensional..." and so on and so on. Granted, I am an abstract painter, so my goal wasn't realism when I did my paintings. Still, this gentle man felt that I needed to go home and practice. So, that's what I did. However, I left that art gallery with a firm belief that I knew the style I wanted to paint and that was the style I would stick to. It may not have been right for this gallery, but it may very well be right for the next gallery. That was over two years ago and today my art business is thriving. I am doing commissioned paintings, working on my first paint party, I even have an art apprentice who is learning the business by my side. Oh, and I have two companies interested in licensing my work. They both expressed that they loved my 'Style.' Now, what would have happened if I walked out of that gallery two years ago and threw my paints and canvases in a dark closet and just gave up? Morale of my story: Know your style, your passion, your gift and practice, practice , practice to better yourself. But NEVER put your style in a closet because it's not one person's cup of tea! You have to know your worth and value. Keep creating!!!